When I was 15 years old and a sophomore our teacher told us that when he was in his teens he had a job where the idiot union bosses held out for WEEKS for a fricken NICKLE raise. [My teacher was smart enough to quit to find another job] - The teacher said “those idiots never figured out that the wages they lost for being without work for weeks never filtered through the union thug’s stupid heads.” He said that there had been times where the unions had their place and did some good — (he was talking about things like the abuses of the triangle shirt waist factory, etc. — and owners cutting corners with safety issues) -— but he’d been amazed at the sheer stupidity of some of them — especially the so-called union leaders. Another friend of mine’s grandfather had been a founding member of the New York Iron worker’s union. HE eventually quit because he said that a lot of the union leaders were “As corrupt as some of the bas***d owners we were trying to fight.”
I take that your teacher was not a NEA surporter?
My grandfather had to join a union at the last place he worked - after his own business had been squeezed out by a company (from Chicago) who used mob tactics - and he had similar thoughts. He despised the absentee company men (from Chicago) that drove out occasionally to check on the peons, but he reserved the majority of his scorn for the union bosses (from Chicago) that drove out occasionally to check on the peons.